Flemish language

Flemish language,

member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languagesGermanic languages,
subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages, spoken by about 470 million people in many parts of the world, but chiefly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
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). Generally regarded as the Belgian variant of Dutch (see Dutch languageDutch language,
member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Also called Netherlandish, it is spoken by about 15 million inhabitants of the Netherlands, where it is the national language, and by
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) rather than as a separate tongue, Flemish is spoken by approximately 5.5 million people in Belgium, where it is one of the official languages, and by a few thousand persons in France. So closely are Flemish and Dutch related that the difference between them has been compared to the difference between American and British English; however, some scholars hold that they have diverged sufficiently since the 16th cent. to be described as separate languages.
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The Flemish language spoken in the north was discarded as the language of the peasants and the poor, which, unsurprisingly, triggered a strong Flemish national movement against this unjust situation.
Another reason why the Walloons did not even consider it desirable to gain a smattering of the Flemish language was that it was not a means to an end i.e.
Hence, the second requirement is to complete a Flemish language course and pass an exam at Level 2.
He listened intently to a translation of the Flemish language proceedings as the judge said there was 'very clear and very detailed' evidence that he had acted as the 'instigator' of trouble during a clash between rival fans in the centre of Brussels the night before the England-Germany game in Charleroi.
The sound system in the cafe was playing a Flemish language version of the country and western classic "Blanket on the Ground", the pharmacy across the street was displaying a windowfull of false teeth, and two young priests cycled past on a tandem.
It is ironic, however, that Belgian historians celebrated the "Flemishness" of Eyckian art not in the Flemish language, but primarily in its rival language, French.
Indiscreetly racist, calling for the repatriation of all foreign workers - though, significantly, not the rich Jewish diamond-cutting and -dealing community - the party has on various occasions displayed an attachment to the memory of the Third Reich, on the dubious but no doubt historically correct grounds that Adolf Hitler abetted the cause of the Flemish language. In the last local elections the Vlaams Blok was the largest single party, polling up to 46 percent in some wards.